Val Goodwin, RPN, BN(Hons), PhD Candidate.
Conflicting agendas between consumers and carers: The perspectives of carers and nurses
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2006
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 135–143, June 2006
How to Cite
Goodwin, V. and Happell, B. (2006), Conflicting agendas between consumers and carers: The perspectives of carers and nurses. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 15: 135–143. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00413.x
Brenda Happell, RN, PhD.
- Issue online: 26 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 26 APR 2006
- Accepted October 2005.
- mental health services;
ABSTRACT: Increasingly, Australian government policy advances an expectation that consumer and carer participation will be present in all aspects of mental health service delivery. A review of the literature suggests that consumers and carers actively seek the opportunity to participate but are frequently hampered by barriers. However, government policy documents tend to discuss consumers and carers with regards to participation as though their needs and desires are essentially similar. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative research project involving in-depth interviews with carers and mental health nurses. The issue of conflict between the issues for consumers and carers emerged as a major theme. This issue is explored and discussed in light of the goals of current mental health policy. It is concluded that conflicting agendas are apparent and must be addressed if genuine participation in service delivery is possible for both consumers and carers.